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Discover over 70,000 works of art at the famous Vatican Museums by virtuosos such as Raphael, da Vinci, Michelangelo and Bernini. Peruse our collection of Vatican tickets to enjoy skip-the-line entry, guided tours, or combo offers.
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Vatican Tickets Guide

Though Vatican City may be the smallest country in the world, there is much to explore within its boundaries. Home to various religious and cultural sites, it also boasts an incredible collection of artistic masterpieces by some of the most renowned artists in the world. Let’s take a look at the various ticket options, their exclusive features, highlights, and everything else you need to know in order to make your trip to the Vatican a memorable and hassle-free one.

Vatican Tickets and Tour Options Explained

A standard Vatican ticket will get you entry into the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Visitors can choose from a number of ticket options such as skip-the-line tickets and Vatican guided tours. Access to St. Peter’s Basilica, however, is not included in these tours unless specifically mentioned. Therefore, visitors need to purchase a separate ticket if they wish to visit the basilica.


Vatican Discount Tickets

All visitors between ages 18-25 enjoy reduced pricing on their Vatican tickets. Please carry a valid ID proof to the venue.

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Sistine Chapel Tickets

St. Peter’s Basilica Tickets

Timed entry priority access tickets to the Vatican offer instant access to visitors, allowing them to bypass queues. Visitors can access both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel with these tickets. The audio guide that comes in a choice of 10 languages offers insightful commentary and guidance into each of these attractions. However, these tickets do not allow you access to St. Peter’s Basilica. If you wish to visit the same, you will have to purchase separate tickets.

Why go for these tickets?

  • Gain access to the Vatican Museums and explore the Sistine Chapel.
  • These tickets offer skip-the-line priority access to the Vatican, allowing you to bypass queues. 
  • The multilingual audio guide provides you with the necessary information regarding each attraction.

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Beat the crowd with this priority access ticket and gain instant access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Simply bypass the long queues and head in to access the museums.
Skip the long waiting lines and quickly enter the Vatican Museums with a host who will escort you right to the security check. These tickets also include access to the Sistine Chapel.
Avoid the crowds at the Vatican Museums and get the rare chance to explore the artwork before the museum opens with these exclusive early access tickets.
Make the most of your visit to Vatican City with a guided tour. Allow your professional guide to show you all the important attractions and regale you with fascinating tidbits about the history and culture of this small nation. Your guided Vatican tour comes with priority access, allowing you to avoid queues. Please keep in mind that as part of the safety measures undertaken in light of the pandemic, guided tours with more than 15 participants are not allowed.

Why go for these tickets?

  • These tickets come with a professional guide who will make sure that you do not miss out on any must-see attractions of Vatican City. 
  • You will have access to the priority Vatican entrance, which will save you the hassle of waiting in entry lines.
  • In addition to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, you will also have priority access to St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world.

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Enjoy priority access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on this guided tour with the help of a local expert who will show you around these popular attractions.
With a professional tour guide, enjoy a guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. With these tickets, also enjoy skip-the-line access to the museums and avoid the waiting lines.
With these tickets, you get entry to the Sistine Chapel. As it is a part of the Vatican Museums, you can explore the museums as well. Enjoy priority access and guided tours with your Sistine Chapel tickets.

Why go for this ticket?

  • Get entry to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums
  • Skip the long waiting lines and get priority access with your tickets

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Escape the long lines and get direct entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with this ticket to explore both sites to your heart's content. An optional audioguide is also available for rent.
Head directly to the priority entrance accompanied by an escort who will carry out all ticket-related formalities for you. Get direct entry into the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel with this ticket.
Explore the legendary St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome with the help of a professional tour guide and marvel at the works of Renaissance masters that adorn its walls. Standard Vatican tickets do not include entry to St. Peter’s Basilica so you need to purchase separate tickets or opt for a guided tour of the Vatican to gain access to this historic church. If you wish to avoid queues, you can opt for a guided tour of the Vatican as it allows you direct entry into the basilica.

Why go for these tickets?

  • A professional guide will show you around St. Peter’s Basilica, allowing you access to the holiest of Catholic shrines.
  • These tickets come with fast track entry into St. Peter's Basilica through a dedicated entrance. 
  • With your tickets, also get priority access and guided tours to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

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Visit the Vatican early in the morning and climb up to the highest point of St. Peter’s Basilica, the dome. This tour also includes a visit to the Papal Sarcophagi of the Basilica.
From paying homage to Pope John Paul II at his tomb to witnessing the iconic chair of St. Peter, this priority access tour allows you to discover the best of the Vatican.
Visit the top attractions in Vatican City – Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica – on an informational guided tour. Get priority access to these attractions, and also visit the basilica dome with this ticket.

Which Vatican Tickets Should You Go For?

1. Save time

Book skip-the-line Vatican tickets if you're looking to save time during your visit. These will help you bypass the long queues and get access directly to the priority entrance.

2. Budget tickets

The best way to explore if you're on a budget is by booking standard admission Vatican tickets. These tickets provide entry to the museums at a nominal price and allow you to explore at your pace.

3. Guided tours

If you're looking to gain in-depth knowledge about the Vatican and its attractions, book Vatican guided tours. You'll be accompanied by a professional guide who will regale you with interesting stories and trivia about on the tour.

4. See More in Rome

Opt for Vatican combo tours if you're looking to explore more in the twin cities of Rome and Vatican City. Depending on your ticket, you can visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Colosseum and more.

Plan Your Visit to the Vatican Museums

Visiting the Vatican can prove to be an overwhelming experience due to its vastness and popularity. However, here is all the information you’ll need for a seamless visit.

Opening Hours

Getting to the Vatican

Best Time to Visit the Vatican

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What are the opening hours of the Vatican Museums?

The Vatican Museums are open from 08:30 AM to 06:30 PM between Monday to Thursday and from 08:30 AM to 10:30 PM on Friday and Saturday. Last entry into the museum will be two hours before closing.

When are the Vatican Museums closed?

Apart from all Sundays, the Vatican museums will be closed on 11 and 29 June, 14 and 15 August, and 8, 25 and 26 December. 

How long does it take to tour the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel?

It takes at least 3 hours to see both the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel properly.

How do I get to Vatican City?

Vatican City is easily accessible by bus, train, and the metro. On the other hand, if you are already in the city square, you can simply walk to Vatican City.

How do I get to Vatican City by Metro?

Take the Metro Line A and get off at either Lepanto or Ottaviano. While Ottaviano is slightly closer to the Vatican, getting down at Lepanto will take you through Cola di Rienzo, one of the most popular shopping streets in the city. From there, it’s just a 5-minute walk to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Square.

Can I get to Vatican City by bus?

Yes. You can take buses 40, 64, 62, and 81 to reach Vatican City. Buses 40 and 64 can be taken directly from Roma Termini.

Where are the Vatican Museums located?

The museums are located at 00120 Vatican City.
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What is the best time of day to visit Vatican City?

It is recommended that you visit Vatican City early in the morning or after 4:00 PM in the afternoon in order to avoid the worst of crowds. Try to avoid Wednesday mornings and Saturdays as they tend to be the most crowded. If you are visiting Vatican City in the morning, head over to the chapel before making your way to the Vatican Museums. This will help you beat the crowds.

What is the best time of the year to visit Vatican City?

If you are looking to avoid the crowd, you should know that the slowest months are also the coldest. If you visit the Vatican during the winter months of November, December, January, and February, you’ll see that the crowds are significantly less. While you still won’t have the place to yourself, you’ll get to explore all the attractions in peace, without having to navigate through hundreds of people.

What should I wear while visiting the Vatican City?

Clothes that expose your shoulders, arms, or legs are not allowed. Therefore, you should refrain from wearing shorts, sleeveless tops, or miniskirts.

Can I take photographs at the Vatican City?

Photography inside the Sistine Chapel is strictly prohibited. However, photography without flash is allowed everywhere else within Vatican City.

Am I allowed to carry food into the Vatican?

No. However, if you are carrying food or drinks with you, they can be left at the cloakroom for the duration of your visit.

Are the Vatican Museums wheelchair-accessible?

Yes, the Vatican Museums can be comfortable explored by differently-abled guests. Various facilities like ramps and elevators are in place to provide ease of access and convenience.

Is storage facility available at the Vatican Museums?

Yes, a cloakroom is available for guests where they can deposit luggage, umbrellas, and other carry-ons before entry.

Are any dining services available at the Vatican Museums?

Yes, a vending machine, cafeteria, pizzeria, and a self-service food area is available for public use.

Explore the Vatican

From the Vatican Museums that boast one of the world's greatest art collections to the exquisite St. Peter’s Basilica to the Vatican Gardens in Rome, there is much to explore at Vatican City. Read on to find out about each of these Vatican City attractions, their must-see highlights, and more.

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica, widely considered to be one of the most famous churches in the world, is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vatican City. Meticulously designed to resemble a three-aisled cross with a massive dome at the center, it seamlessly cuts through the dramatic skyline of Rome. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Peter, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. It spans 22,300 square meters and can hold up to 60,000 people, making it one of the largest churches in the world. With St. Peter's Basilica tickets, explore the architecture and design work of Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, considered to be a high symbol of Renaissance architecture.
Look out for: St. Peter’s Tomb, St. Peter’s Chair, the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

Sistine Chapel

The Vatican's Sistine Chapel in Rome derives its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere who commissioned the architect Giovanni dei Dolci to build the chapel between 1477 and 1480. An unassuming brick building with numerous windows, the exterior of the iconic Sistine Chapel is drab and unfussy. The interior, however, is decorated with breathtaking frescoes by various Renaissance artists. The most famous among these is a fresco painted by Michelangelo which adorns the entire altar wall. With more than 300 figures, it illustrates the final judgment of humanity or the Second Coming of Christ. 
Look out for: The ceiling, the Last Judgement fresco

Vatican Museums

Visited by over 6 million people every year, the Vatican Museums consist of 54 galleries and boasts one of the largest collections of Renaissance and Medieval art in the world. From Michelangelo and Raphael to Picasso and van Gogh, you will find works by many great artists here. However, the most famous attraction you would see on booking Vatican tickets is perhaps the iconic Spiral Staircase designed by Bramante. Shaped like a double helix, it is composed of two staircases that allow people to go up and down the stairs without crossing each other.
Look out for: The Spiral Staircase, Raphael room, Gregorian Etruscan and Egyptian Museum
Read our complete guide to Vatican Museums in Rome

Vatican Tickets & Tour FAQs

How much is a ticket to the Vatican?

Vatican tickets typically start from just €27.50. These tickets offer skip-the-line entry to not just the Vatican Museums, but the Sistine Chapel as well, allowing you to save time and avoid the long queues.

Where can I buy Vatican tickets? / How to buy tickets for the Vatican?

The best way is to book your Vatican tickets online. You can book your tickets at the museum’s main entrance, however that would mean waiting in the long, crowded queues. Online bookings would allow you to avoid the waiting line at the entrance as you can simply walk in with an online confirmation of your ticket. An added benefit is that Vatican Museum tickets booked online would also include skip-the-line entry, with a host of discounts and offers.

How far in advance can you book Vatican Museum tickets? / Do I need to prebook Vatican tickets?

You can book your tickets up to 3 months in advance. Since the Vatican offers timed entry slots, we recommend that you book your tickets online and in advance so as to get your preferred date and time of visit.

When is entry to Vatican Museums free? / Is entry to Vatican Museums free?

Entry is free on the last Sunday of every month and paid on remaining days. Children under the age of 6 and disabled visitors with a companion enjoy free entry to the Vatican Museums on any day of the month.

Which Vatican tickets to buy?

There are a variety of tickets that you can opt for, depending on your budget, schedule, and preference. All Vatican tickets include access to the Sistine Chapel.
Go for priority tickets to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel if you want to skip the long waiting lines and get priority entry into the Vatican Museums.
Opt for a Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel guided tour if you want an in-depth insight into the history, architecture, and famous artwork at the Vatican Museums as you’ll be accompanied by an expert local guide through your journey.
If you want to combine your visit to with a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, go for a combo St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel experience. These include entry to all three attractions at the Vatican: the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Explore more of Rome with a Vatican combo ticket. Go for a combo Vatican Museums and Colosseum guided tour. These tickets include access to not just the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, but other top attractions in Rome such as the Colosseum and Borghese Gallery.

Are Vatican skip-the-line tickets worth it?

Yes, definitely. The Vatican Museums are one of the most-visited attractions in not just Rome but the entire country and you can always expect large crowds waiting in line to visit the magnificent landmark. The best way to save time and avoid the long lines is to go for priority tickets to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

Is Sistine Chapel included in Vatican tickets?

Entry to the Sistine Chapel is free and included in your Vatican tickets. You don’t need to purchase separate Sistine Chapel tickets to visit the monument as it is a part of the Vatican Museums.

Is a Vatican Museum guided tour worth it?

Absolutely! The Vatican Museum hosts over 70,000 works of art – one of the largest in the world – dating all the way back to the 16th and 17th centuries. On a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, you’ll be accompanied by an expert guide who will enrich your experience with trivia, history, and detailed knowledge about all the major highlights and artwork at the museums.

Is St. Peter’s Basilica included in Vatican tickets?

Yes, the basilica is free to enter. However, if you want to visit the Dome, the only way to do this is through a St. Peter’s Basilica Dome guided tour. You’ll be guided by an expert local guide as you tour all the important parts of the basilica, such as the Papal Tombs, the interiors, as well as Michelangelo’s Dome. Another convenient way of visiting the basilica is by opting for a combo Vatican tour, where you get entry to all three attractions: the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Can I book tickets for mass at the Vatican?

You can attend a mass at the Vatican for free. However, if you want to avoid the long waiting lines, its best to reserve your slot online and get direct admission. You can also book a Papal Audience with Pope Francis experience.

What time should I go to the Vatican Museums?

The Vatican Museums are open from 9:00 AM to 6.00 PM from Monday to Saturday, with final entry at 4:00 PM. The best time to visit would be on weekdays during early hours to avoid the crowds.
During free entry on the last Sunday of every month, the museums are open 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, with final entry at 12:30 PM.

How do I get to the Vatican Museums by metro?

The two closest metro stations are Ottaviano, which is a 7 min walk away, or Cipro, which is an 8 minute walk away.
If you take the tram, Piazza del Risorgimento is about 8 minutes away on foot.

Is photography allowed at the Vatican Museums?

Photography is only permitted for private consumption and not for commercial purposes. Flash photography, or the use of tripods and lasers is not allowed at the museums.

What should I wear to the Vatican Museums?

There is a strict, but reasonable dress code to follow. Hats, shorts, mini skirts, low-cut tops or dresses, and bare shoulders is not allowed. To cover knees and shoulders within the premises, you can rent plastic cloaks inside.

Is there a cloakroom at the Vatican Museums?

Yes. Guests can store their luggage, bags, and other large items at the cloakroom near the entrance hall.

Can I eat at the Vatican Museums?

Yes. The museum hosts a small cafe and pizzeria that offer snacks and refreshments during opening hours. Outside food and drinks cannot be brought into the museums.

Is St. Peter’s Basilica part of the Vatican?

Yes, St. Peter’s Basilica is a part of Vatican City, located at St. Peter’s Square. However, the basilica is not a part of the Vatican Museums, and must be accessed separately. Depending on your preference, you go for a detailed St. Peter’s Basilica, Popes Tombs, and Dome tour or opt for a classic small-group St. Peter’s Basilica guided tour. You can combine a visit to both with a Vatican combo tour.

Can I get to the Vatican Museum from St. Peter’s Square?

Yes, it is a 15-minute walk from St. Peter’s Square to the museums.

Where is the entrance to the Vatican Museums?

The main Vatican entrance is at Viale Vaticano, located at the northside of the Vatican City. Google Map Directions

Is the Vatican worth seeing? / Are Vatican tours worth it?

Yes, absolutely. The smallest city in the world is home to three of the most famous attractions in the world: the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Each attraction holds a special place in history, art, and culture, and going for a detailed guided tour is definitely worth your time. You’ll be accompanied by an expert tour guide who will regale you with interesting stories, trivia, and knowledge about Vatican City and its attractions.

What to see at the Vatican Museums?

With over 20,000 pieces of art on display, the Vatican Museums are one of the most-visited attractions in the world. The top 5 must-see masterpieces here are:
  • The Bramante Staircase by Giuseppe Momo
  • The Rotunda Room
  • Raphael’s Transfiguration by Raphael
  • The Papal Apartments
  • The Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo

How many days are enough to tour Vatican City?

You can complete all the main attractions in less than 2 days. You can expect to spend about 3-4 hours touring the Vatican Museums to comfortably cover all the best highlights including the Sistine Chapel, while St. Peter’s Basilica wouldn’t take more than 2 hours.

When was Vatican Museum founded? / How old are the Vatican Museums?

The museums were established back in 1506 by Pope Julius II. They contain works collected by the Catholic Church over centuries and are said to have some of the most important Renaissance-era art. Laocoön and His Sons is said to be the oldest artwork on display.

How much artwork is at the Vatican Museums?

Today, the Vatican Museums are said to host over 70,000 pieces of art, with over 20,000 on display, by some of the most famous artists of all time such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and more. There are about 24 galleries in the museums, with the most famous one arguably being Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

Can I get to the Sistine Chapel from the Vatican Museum?

Yes. The Sistine Chapel is located within the Vatican Museum, right at the end. This is the only way to access the chapel.

Is it worth visiting the Sistine Chapel?

Absolutely! The Sistine Chapel is the highlight of visiting Vatican City, particularly known for Michelangelo’s elaborate frescoes. The ceiling is divided into 9 panels, the most famous one being The Creation of Adam. The Last Judgement fresco on the alter was painted back in 1535 and is another standout at the Sistine Chapel. The North Walls and South Walls are wonderful to visit as well. It is worth admiring the sheer intricacy of art that can be found at the Sistine Chapel. It is the largest papal chapel, built sometime between 1475-1481 and is named after the Pope Sixtus IV.
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